Rodin Younessi Uses Dealership Success to Give Back to Charities and Local Groups
Professional racer Rodin Younessi is a world-renowned driver whose passion for motorsports led him to purchase some of the most high-volume dealerships in the country. Through his successes, he has always kept his local communities in mind and supports them through regular donations and events.
When Rodin Younessi began his career in law, he retained his longtime passion for motorsports and racing and would revisit it later professionally. At an early age, he experimented in motorcycle racing before moving on to more high-end vehicles in prominent races (eventually landing behind the wheel of world-class cars such as the McLaren MP4-12C GT3).
Rodin Younessi went on to compete in the USF2000 National Championship in the series National Class and raced in the F2000 Championship Series. He also earned a spot in the 2012 ALMS Grand Prix of Baltimore driving a Performance Tech Prototype Challenge Car. He’s made a major name for himself in international competitions and has appeared in some of the biggest races in the world, such as the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series.
In his professional career, Rodin Younessi has invested in a Lamborghini dealership in southern Florida as well as a series of the highest-volume Harley-Davidson dealerships in the country. He’s an avid supporter of positive outreaches and does his part to give back to his local community through donations and by hosting events at his dealerships.
Within a year of purchasing the Space Coast Harley-Davidson, Rodin Younessi opened his dealership doors for charities to use as an event space––and he offered his dealership at no cost to them. One of the most successful events hosted at his dealership in recent years was the SOAKed for Autism event that raised both awareness of autism and monetary donations for the SOAK (Supporting Our ASD Kids, Inc.) organization. His efforts helped SOAK share their mission, gain new funding, and spread awareness to the local Space Coast community.
Recently, Rodin Younessi donated one of his brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycles
Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Breast Cancer charity. The motorcycle was presented at the charity’s auction and set up for sale (raising funds that would further research and treatment for breast cancer). Mr. Younessi’s motorcycle donation was recognized by the chair of the auction, former US Ambassador Nancy Brinker, as one of the highest benefactors of the whole charity.
Mr. Younessi has also supported local law enforcement groups with similar donations. He donated a retrofitted motorcycle designed specifically for their agency by Rodin Younessi and his team at the Space Coast location. The motorcycle will function as a regular patrol vehicle in the fleet, but also serve as a branded static model for events and charities.
Rodin Younessi has found wide success in many ventures, but he’s careful to channel his successes in positive directions and to uplift local charities and law enforcement groups the best way he can.
Rodin Younessi Teamed up With Professional Racer Raphael Matos for the 2012 Baltimore Sports Car Challenge
Rodin Younessi is a motorsports legend, competing in races for years and investing in a string of high-volume dealerships across the country. In 2012, Mr. Younessi teamed up with renowned Brazilian racing driver Raphael Matos for the 2012 Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by Street and Racing Technology.
Though he’s specialized in other professional backgrounds, Rodin Younessi has found great success in the motorsports industry. Since an early age, Mr. Younessi channeled his passion by racing automobiles and motorcycles in competitions while pursuing other professional endeavors. However, his love for motorsports eventually led him to purchase a Lamborghini dealership in the Palm Bay area as well as some of the highest-volume Harley-Davidson dealerships in the country.
Rodin Younessi has competed against some of the world’s top drivers in races such as the U.S. F2000 National Championship for Pabst Racing Services (which he competed in 2011), and the JDC Motorsports in the series National Class. During these races, Mr. Younessi made seven starts and finished in 4th place of the season in the championship standings. He also finished in the National Class at 12th during race 2 at Road America. In addition, Rodin Younessi competed in a pair of F2000 Championship Series races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2011.
2012 Performance Tech Motorsports
Announced the pairing of Rodin Younessi and Raphael Matos for the year’s upcoming team driver line up. Younessi and Matos went on to compete together at the 2012 Baltimore Grand Prix presented by SRT, demonstrating complimentary racing talent.
“The LMPC car was very comfortable to drive, and the setup the Performance Tech crew had on the car got me up to speed quickly,” says Rodin Younessi. “I have never driven on the Michelin tires. They were very consistent during the entire test, which was a pleasure.”
2012 Baltimore Sports Car Challenge
A multi-class sports car and GT motor race that was held during fall in the streets of Baltimore, Maryland. The competition was the eighth round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series season. The second race of the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge. The competition lasted for two hours and included 67 laps of the 3.3-kilometer circuit. Totaling a racing distance of 218 kilometers.
Of the pairing of Rodin Younessi and Raphael Matos (2009 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year). Competition crew chief Frank Parzych was highly optimistic.
“Rodin is well suited for the LMPC car and proved it running over 250 miles at PBIR, getting up to speed quickly,” he said. He went on to mention that running endurance races with a teammate. Which was a new experience for Rodin Younessi? However, that his sponsors had full faith that Rodin was up for the task.
Confidence in Younessi’s driving talent later led him to become the second American driver. Completing the line-up during the Le Mans 24 Hours race. Proving that his passion for motorsports received its well-deserved recognition.
Motorsports enthusiast and celebrated racecar driver Rodin Younessi has enjoyed many driving privileges in his racing career. Among other accolades, Mr. Younessi’s team was selected to compete in the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series competition, making him one of only a handful of Americans announced for their 2013 racing calendar.
Rodin Younessi has pursued a passion for motorsports for years, racing cars and motorcycles since an early age and eventually purchasing a series of high-volume dealerships. He’s competed in a range of elite races around the world and was selected as one of the only Americans to compete in the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series.
The Blancpain Endurance race of 2013 was the third season of the Endurance Series and took place from April 14 to September 22. The international race began in Monza, Italy and ended months later in Nurburgring, Germany but featured other locations along the way (such as Silverstone and Paul Ricard, among others). It featured five rounds in total, with each race lasting around three hours––excluding the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the 1000 km Nürburgring events).
Leading his own team, Rodin Younessi entered the Endurance Series through MRS (Molitor Racing Systems) as the operating team. Molitor Racing Systems also announced drivers like Brazilian Carlos Kray and Austrian Philipp Eng for the season’s lineup. Together, Rodin Younessi and his teammates shared the wheel of a McLaren MP4-12C GT3, though none of them were strangers to high performance, luxury-class sports cars. Mr. Younessi was the only American driver of the entire series to compete in a McLaren.
Younessi became acquainted with endurance racing after competing at the 8th Edition Dunlop 24hr of Dubai. In the Dunlop race, he drove the MRS McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and gained critical experience with the motorsports brand. Before that, though, Rodin Younessi privately tested the vehicle at Hockenheimring in Germany and used the factory race simulator at the McLaren Technology Center in the UK to prepare himself for the upcoming races.
“I was able to compete in the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 at 24hr of Dubai a few months ago, and was very impressed with the car’s performance,” said Rodin Younessi before the 2013 Endurance Series kicked off. “I anticipate good results with my teammates.”
Rodin Younessi was always involved in motorsports growing up, gaining significant experience first with motorcycle competitions and eventually racing open-wheel and sports cars. In his career, he’s competed in the USF2000 National Championship in the series’ National Class as well as the F2000 Championship Series. He also raced in a Performance Tech Prototype Challenge Car at the 2012 ALMS Grand Prix of Baltimore. He formed his own competing team in 2012 (called Younessi Racing) to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights and has successfully advanced his racing career ever since.
Rodin Younessi pursued his passion for motorsports by competing in national races and investing in a series of national dealerships. Known for his charitable efforts, Mr. Younessi gives back through regular donations and events sponsored through his dealerships.
Rodin Younessi, after taking over the Space Coast Harley-Davidson dealership in 2010, has developed a reputation for charity and event support. Over the years, he’s purchased and served as manager at landmark Harley-Davidson locations such as the Los Angeles Harley-Davidson, Top Rocker Harley-Davidson, and the Seminole Harley-Davidson among others.
Of his purchase of the Space Coast location, a local event coordinator in Palm Bay, FL says that under the ownership of Rodin Younessi, the dealership renewed its emphasis on helping a variety of charities. A year after taking ownership of the Harley-Davidson dealership, Mr. Younessi opened his venue to charities (and supporting vendors) free of charge for events put on there.
One of the most outstanding events hosted by Rodin Younessi at the Space Coast location was the SOAKed for Autism event which was designed to raise both awareness about autism and funds for SOAK (Supporting Our ASD kids, Inc.).
The President of SOAK, Silvia Hierro, was extremely appreciative of Rodin Younessi’s efforts to raise money and awareness for their cause. Through the event at Space Coast Harley-Davidson, Mrs. Hierro was able to share her group’s mission with the people of Palm Bay.
“We want to spread awareness and for the community to understand what autism is,” said Silvia Hierro. “All the kids are different, so it’s important for the community to understand that not one child with autism is the same as another one.”
Hundreds of people gathered at Rodin Younessi’s and Silvia Hierro’s joint event, which brought together citizens and local officials for a time of fun and philanthropy. The SOAK event included a range of water-based activities to help attendees escape the summer heat. There were water slides operated by local volunteers and water games provided by the Brevard County Fire-Rescue. In addition, the event also hosted traditional carnival favorites such as raffles, colorful face painting, a dunk tank (with Palm Bay Mayor William Capote), soccer shots, music, vendors, and more.
The SOAK event at Space Coast Harley-Davidson isn’t the only standout charitable effort from Rodin Younessi. In addition to other hosted events, he donated a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Breast Cancer charity, which helped raise funds for research and outreach efforts.
Rodin Younessi also donated a retrofitted motorcycle to local law enforcement that was
specifically designed for their agency by Mr. Younessi and his team. The motorcycle supports the agency’s efforts to protect the community as a patrol vehicle and will appear in static displays and local parades as well.
No stranger to charity, Rodin Younessi ensures that his high-volume dealerships are also contributors to organizations that provide help and relief to people around the world.
Rodin Younessi Donates to Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Breast Cancer Charity
Rodin Younessi is the proud owner of a Lamborghini dealership in Palm Beach, FL, as well as a string of some of the most high-volume Harley-Davidson dealerships in the country. In addition to sponsoring organizations in competitive races, Mr. Younessi also regularly gives back to his community through donations, such as his latest gift to the Susan G. Komen cancer charity auction.
Rodin Younessi has been a longtime fan of motorsports and began a racing career––entering competitions driving both sports cars and motorcycles––before eventually owning his own motorsports dealerships.
Today, Mr. Younessi owns and manages some of the most successful Harley-Davidson dealerships in America, including the Los Angeles Harley-Davidson of Anaheim in Fullerton, California. He also owns and operates the Space Coast Harley-Davidson, Treasure Coast Harley-Davidson, Raging Bull Harley-Davidson and Falcons Fury Harley-Davidson of Georgia.
Just a few weeks ago, Rodin Younessi donated a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Breast Cancer charity. Presented at the associated auction, the Harley-Davidson helped raise awareness and funds for research to eventually help all women overcome breast cancer.
“People might think that donating a motorcycle is pretty unorthodox for a charity event,” says Rodin Younessi, “but our Harley-Davidson products are top-notch and have high value on their own outside the auction. We were able to raise awareness and plenty of funds through our donation.”
Cure of Breast Cancer Charity
The charity was chaired by Nancy Brinker, the former US Ambassador to the United Nations, and was deemed a high success. However, his contribution was recognized as one of the highest benefactors involved in the entire charity. As well as donating a sleek and shining motorcycle for the cause, Rodin Younessi also paid for and brought Kerri Kasem (Casey Kasem’s daughter) to promote his donation for the highest bid at the charity auction in Palm Beach.
Before his involvement with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Breast Cancer charity, Rodin Younessi donated a motorcycle to local Palm Beach area law enforcement. The retrofitted motorcycle was specifically designed for their agency by Rodin. The dedicated team at Space Coast Harley to be a worthy contribution to their fleet.
Mr. Younessi’s donation supports law enforcement efforts to protect the community (as it’s a high-functioning patrol vehicle),. But it will also appear at events, parades and more as a worthy centerpiece for the department.
As a motorsports fan, Rodin Younessi has raced in nationally-recognized, high-profile competitions for years. In 2011, he competed in the U.S. F2000 National Championship for Pabst Racing Services as well as the JDC Motorsports National Class. He finished the National Class at 12th overall in the second race at Road America. In addition, Younessi brought together a team of drivers to race in the Firestone Indy Lights series. And even though he stays busy between races, dealerships, and various investments, Mr. Younessi still regularly supports his local community and national charities.
Rodin Younessi has made a name for himself both as a talented racer and a career-driven businessman, having successfully managed and owned sports car and motorcycle dealerships for years. His career began in the software industry, transitioned to law, but then quickly transformed to sync up with his life-long passion for racing.
He’s competed in many notable races including the U.S. F2000 National Championship for Pabst Racing Services and JDC Motorsports, the Firestone Indy Lights series, the Blancpain Endurance Series (driving a McLaren MP4-12C) and the American Le Mans Series (driving a Le Mans Prototype Challenge Car) among others. He has been hand-selected by racing organizations such as the American Le Mans Series to compete and represent top sponsors.
“In racing, I have overcome many roadblocks along the way,” says Rodin Younessi, “and the faces who have tried to sway me away from pressing forward have all dwindled into a forgotten past.”
His first dealership purchase was a monumental one. He took over one of the most well-recognized and classy sports car dealerships around. The Lamborghini dealership of Palm Beach. Before long, Rodin Younessi was looking outside of his hometown to invest in motorsport dealerships. The answer came in the form of Harley Davidson lots.
Mr. Younessi Proud Owner of a Lamborghini Dealership in Palm Beach, Florida.
Some of his dealerships are of the highest volume Harley-Davidson dealerships in the entire country. To date, Rodin Younessi is owner and manager of the following locations:
- Los Angeles Harley-Davidson
- Top Rocker Harley-Davidson, Seminole Harley-Davidson
- Falcons Fury Harley-Davidson
- Raging Bull Harley-Davidson
- Treasure Coast Harley-Davidson
- Space Coast Harley-Davidson
While he’s known for talented racing and his successful dealerships, Mr. Younessi is also recognized for his charitable work. Perhaps foremost among his recent contributions is his retrofitting of a motorcycle that was then donated to local law enforcement. Rodin Younessi and his team at Space Coast Harley specifically designed the motorcycle for the law enforcement team. A standalone showpiece during parades as well as a functional vehicle to help them protect the community.
“Rodin and the Space Coast Harley Davidson Team are not only wonderful partners. Our agency but our entire community as well,” says Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. “They always stand ready to assist. In addition to allowing their beautiful venue in Palm Bay to be used regularly for local charities.”
Rodin Younessi continues his motorsports legacy through his dealerships, charitable events, and occasional races, proving that passion wins out in the end and true success can come to those who pursue their dreams.
Rodin Younessi is an accomplished race car driver with an impressive track record to back up his career. Apart from various charitable contributions, Mr. Younessi is also a dealership owner who has purchased lots across the country. Recently, he purchased a string of Harley Davidson dealerships and gifted a branded motorcycle to the local sheriff’s department.
Rodin Younessi started off his career in racing at an early age, taking both sports cars and motorcycles out for a spin on the track. Before long, Mr. Younessi developed a talent for it and entered competitions to prove his racing prowess. He competed in the U.S. F2000 National Championship for Pabst Racing Services in 2011, and also JDC Motorsports in the series’ National Class.
In this time, he made seven starts and ultimately finished the season in 4th place in the championship standing, while finishing in the National Class at 12th overall in race 2 at Road America. Rodin Younessi competed in the pair of F2000 Championship Series races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2011 as well. And in 2012, he assembled his own competing team to take place in the Firestone Indy Lights series, announcing he would go on to compete the entire season.
His career wasn’t always in racing, though. Early on, Rodin Younessi began a professional career in software once he earned dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. From there, Mr. Younessi curved his career towards law and pursued a law degree until receiving his Juris Doctorate. After graduating, he was inducted to the Florida and Federal bar as a contributing member. In 2006, Younessi was knighted and received the title of Chevalier by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller for his various charitable activities and contributions.
Through the years, Mr. Younessi still held onto his passion for MotorSports and eventually switched professions to own and operating motorsports dealerships. Today, he runs some of the highest volume Harley-Davidson dealerships in America, including the Los Angeles Harley-Davidson of Anaheim in Fullerton, California. He owns five Harley dealerships, including Space Coast Harley-Davidson, Treasure Coast Harley-Davidson, Raging Bull Harley-Davidson of Durham, North Carolina, and Falcons Fury Harley-Davidson of Georgia besides his LA dealership.
Recently, Rodin Younessi donated a retrofitted Motorcycle to local California law enforcement that was specifically designed for their agency by Rodin and the dedicated team at Space Coast Harley. His donation will support the agency’s efforts to protect the community, and it will also serve as a worthy centerpiece at parades or static displays as well as a useful patrol vehicle. Even though Mr. Younessi has built a large reputation for himself and stays busy between his many investments, he still considers the local community a priority and supports them in the best ways he can.
Rodin Younessi began a career in law, but his passions eventually called him back to motorsports where he distinguished himself as an exceptionally skilled driver. Today, he owns and operates a chain of motorsports dealerships including Harley-Davidson locations in Los Angeles, Fullerton, Treasure Coast, Durham, North Carolina, and another in Georgia.
Mr. Younessi has an impressive track record of racing wins and competition invites. He’s raced in various high-profile competitions for years, proving expertise racing both sports cars and motorcycles. In 2011, Rodin Younessi competed in the U.S. F2000 National Championship for Pabst Racing Services as well as the JDC Motorsports National Class. During this time, he made seven starts and finished 4th place of the entire season in championship standing, heightening his reputation as an outstanding driver.
He finished the National Class at 12th overall in the second race at Road America and brought together a team of drivers to race in the Firestone Indy Lights series. He was also invited to compete in many new forms of racing outside of his familiar competitions, including serving on a performance tech team to the Baltimore Grand Prix in 2012.
Of the selection of Rodin Younessi, crew chief of the Grand Prix Frank Parzych had this to say:
“Rodin is well suited for the [Le Mans Prototype Vehicle car and proved it recently running over 250 miles at PBIR, getting up to speed quickly. This is a new experience for Rodin, running endurance races with a teammate and having to compromise a bit of set up for both drivers, but we believe Rodin is up for the task.”
Faith in his racing prowess led Rodin Younessi to become the second American driver to complete the line-up for 2012’s Le Mans 24 Hours race, a high-endurance and specialized competition.
“In racing, I have overcome many roadblocks along the way, and the faces who have tried to sway me away from pressing forward have all dwindled into a forgotten past,” said Rodin Younessi of his involvement in the Le Mans race. “I am overwhelmed by the opportunity I’ve been given to compete in the 90th Anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans; the feeling is surreal. I am grateful for the faith, confidence, and the once in a lifetime opportunity that Boutsen Ginion Racing has given me to be at the helm of their LMP2 car.”